Soft Hornwort - Ceratophyllum submersum

    Description

    A submerged, free-floating bright green aquatic plant having a feathery appearance in water. The leaves are soft and three or four forked. The small flowers are green.

    Similar Species

    Rigid Hornwort has thread-like leaves that divide no more than twice from their base. Soft Hornwort leaves divide 3-4 times.

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    Habitat

    Ponds, still water.

    When to see it

    Flowers July to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Locally distributed in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 22 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map